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Thomas C. Brandstrader

Criminal defense Attorney at Chicago, IL

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Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    50%
    Authored over two-hundred briefs and appeared in every appellate district in Illinois as well as the Seventh and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

  2. Criminal defense
    50%
    Specializing in the defense of serious criminal matters in Illinois and federal courts

    43 years

Thomas Brandstrader is one of a select group of highly qualified lawyers to be certified by the Illinois Supreme Court as lead counsel in death penalty cases. In addition to 29 years in the practice of criminal law and extensive trial work, Mr. Brandstrader has exceptional appellate court experience. He has had the distinct opportunity to orally present his arguments and issues to both the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts. He has authored over two-hundred briefs.


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  • Thomas Brandstrader was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as Lead Counsel for Capital Litigation Case
  • Awarded Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer's Rating of AV, their highest attorney rating.
  • Recognized as preeminent attorney in the area of Criminal Appellate Law by Leading Lawyers.http://chicagofelony.blogspot.com/

 

 

     

    Licensed for 42 years
    State IL
    Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
    Acquired 1981
    Updated 10/11/2022
    State CA
    Status Inactive
    Acquired 1980
    Updated 09/15/2022

    We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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    Thomas C. Brandstrader
    53 West Jackson Boulevard Suite 1624
    Chicago, IL, 60604

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    AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

    Work Experience

    • Thomas C. Brandstrader Attorney at Law
    • Thomas C. Brandstrader
    • 1986 - Present
    • Cook County Public Defender
    • Public Defender's Office Chicago Illinois
    • 1981 - 1986

    Education

    • Western State College of Law
    • JD - Juris Doctor
    • 1979
    • University of Illinois; San Diego State University
    • BA - Bachelor of Arts
    • 1976

    Legal Cases

    • FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND JURY TRIALS

    Associations

    • Federal Defenders Association
    • Member
    • 2003 - Present
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • 1988 - Present
    • Illinois Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Lawyers' Assistance Program
    • 1988 - Present
    • Public Defender Negotiating Committee
    • 1987 - Present
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • 1980 - Present
    • Public Defender's Union
    • Treasurer
    • 1987 - 1987
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    Languages Spoken

    • English

    Awards

    • Leading Lawyer
    • Leading Lawyers Network
    • 2019
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2019
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2018
    • Leading Lawyer
    • Leading Lawyers Network
    • 2018
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2017
    • Leading Lawyer
    • Leading Lawyers Network
    • 2017
    • Leading Lawyer
    • Leading Lawyers Network
    • 2016
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2016
    • Leading Lawyer
    • Leading Lawyers Network
    • 2015
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2015
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2014
    • Leading Lawyer
    • Leading Lawyers Network
    • 2014
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2013
    • Leading Lawyer
    • Leading Lawyers Network
    • 2013
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2012
    • Leading Lawyer
    • Leading Lawyers Network
    • 2012
    • Leading Lawyer
    • Leading Lawyers Network
    • 2011
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2011
    • Leading Lawyer
    • Leading Lawyers Network
    • 2010
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2010
    • Leading Lawyer
    • Leading Lawyers Network
    • 2009
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2009
    • Leading Lawyer
    • Leading Lawyers Network
    • 2008
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2008
    • Leading Lawyer
    • Leading Lawyers Network
    • 2007
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2007
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2006
    • Leading Lawyer
    • Leading Lawyers Network
    • 2006
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2005
    • Leading Lawyer
    • Leading Lawyers Network
    • 2005
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2004
    • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
    • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • 2003
    • Appointed as Lead Counsel for Capital Litigation Cases
    • Illinois Supreme Court
    • 2002
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    Publications

    • Illinois Appellate Decisions - over 90 published appeals
    • Illinois Appellate Decisions
    • N/A

    Speaking Engagements

    • Presented oral arguments in both Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts
    • Defendent's Felony Murder
    • 2003

    Attorney endorsements

    Received (2)
    Given (1)
    Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
    Relationship: Worked together on matter
    "Tom is an excellent and well respected lawyer. I highly recommend him."
    Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 28
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
    "I endorse this lawyer. There are a lot of young lawyers on this site with higher ratings which mystifies me, because they are not in Tom's league. One of the best lawyers in the city. He handles serious felonies and wins. Great lawyer."
    Criminal defense

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    Chicago Criminal defense Lawyer Thomas C. Brandstrader
    Thomas C. Brandstrader
    Criminal defense Attorney
    Chicago, IL
    Licensed for 42 years